Hello lovely people, how are you? I hope you're all safe and sound this week and not on the verge of another lockdown, wherever you are. I'm thoroughly fed up of all the craziness, aren't you? I never thought when I watched those disaster movies that I would one day have to live through one. I've been keeping up with all my Caprilicious women, and only two of them have had the lurgy - one has recovered completely and the other is slowly getting there. Do take care of yourselves, especially as they are predicting another wave come winter.
I've hit a roadblock for the time being with ideas for new jewellery. It's hard when all around there's doom and gloom and no one wants to wear jewellery because there's nowhere to go. However, I feel the need to make things - it's very hard to sit still and do nothing of an evening. Clickety clack, nickety noo, go my pliers and needles as I sit in front of the telly. We're watching Curb Your Enthusiasm - Larry David makes us laugh, but the language!! If you are against swearing on the telly, go for Seinfeld instead, Curb turns swearing into an art form.
So, what did I get up to this week? I decided I'd make some earrings. I was on the Jewellery Show last week and will be on the Earrings Show in October, so I thought it warranted some new pretties. Besides, winter is around the corner, and winter to me means ........drumroll.......CHRISTMAS!!!!! Everyone wants a bit of glitz and glamour and everyone wants to be ready for that Santa bloke - whether he turns up or not. If we can forget the drabness of our lives for but one moment, everything will be OK, right?? Yeah, right! But still, one can but try to get over the humdrumness (apologies for the made up word, but it felt right).
I love the little diamante elements and the Biwa pearls imported from Japan, and hunting for the right gemstone beads and crystals to use in these creations is a lot of fun. I recently discovered cotton pearls - they are made of compressed cotton with a pearl coating instead of the usual urea resin or glass finish. The weight of these beads is feather light, much lighter than normal pearls, making then ideal for beadwork and earrings. They have an interesting textured finish and as I love anything different, I picked out a few - I think they are a lot of fun, and hope you will too.
I always have a pair of 'fringies' on the go - they are a great way to keep my fingers occupied and although they are showy, they are very light and boho.
Next week I shall have my nose to the grindstone at the day job as the NHS tries to catch up with all the work that lay abandoned during the lockdown period - but no doubt, I shall still find time to play with beads and chat to you. That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thanks for joining me today. I've had a fabulous week off from the day job and have relaxed so much that I feel extremely refreshed. Never mind, eh! One day into the new week once I'm back and it will be like this little break never happened.
I had a visitor at the weekend and spent an enjoyable couple of days nattering away and playing with beads. I have at last finished Cherry Blossom and have decided to take a short break from bead embroidery. As I was putting my stash in order, I came across hanks of iolite and neon apatite and couldn't resist turning them into a necklace.
I've noticed that the latest trend is to make little necklaces that are worn stacked together, and I thought I'd put together a single necklace in a similar vein. I'd only just finished putting it together when Danielle turned up and found her way to the necklace unerringly - and before I could say anything, it was taken. These photographs have been sent in by her as I didn't get a chance to take any.
Danielle suggested I try my hand at making an embroidered silk mask for occasion wear- I bought in a two layered silk mask and managed to keep most of the embroidery stitches behind the first layer so that there would be no scratchy threads on the face. I used Shibori silk for the tail and fins and loads of tiny, shiny beads - I was anxious about the embroidery becoming so heavy that it would cause the mask to flop forward, but this seemed to work well.
We went for a walk around Coombe Abbey and then drove to the Temperance Cafe in Leamington to see how Woodland Fantasy was faring in the window. The rest of the weekend was spent nattering and before we knew it, time was up and the visit was over. I've talked of Coombe Abbey before - here's the link to that post.
I took some pictures of various necklaces, modelled by Danielle who very kindly brings changes of clothing, etc. all the way up from London, just to indulge me. I have a few here on the blog - the rest will be peppered throughout the website, with the necklaces she is modelling.
Aren't the pictures lovely? It's not that difficult to get great pictures when you have a beautiful model and a good camera.
I shall be on the Jewellery Show, an online marketplace on Facebook from 830 pm on Saturday the 12th to 830 pm on Sunday the 13th of September, so I made a few pairs of earrings while I did nothing all week (?!?). Do come and join me if you have a few spare minutes on those days, it's always nice to hear a friendly halloo! pop up out of the ether.
One of my Caprilicious ladies has started a Facebook group called Dhi - the members of Dhi are on a quest to understand the nature of spirituality, and have speakers from wide ranging schools of thought - from the TheosophicaL Society to Astrology, to the Indian Vedas and Upanishads. Taps is a Phd in Statistics and is the founder member of this group - I occasionally dip into their meetings and Zoom calls when I can get away. She asked if I could design a logo for Dhi - she said, 'I know for sure your creativity stands out and is edgy.' So no pressure then! OMG, it's true that flattery gets you everywhere!!
After a bit of research I came up with an Unalome (pronounced Oonalome) which depicts the quest for spiritual knowledge. It starts with a spiral, signifying life, and then twists and turns as the individual seeks knowledge and slowly straightens out, until, at the end of the road is a dot, where the person becomes one with the highest spiritual knowledge. A lotus was incorporated into the design, being a beautiful flower that rises and blooms out of mud. And then I sent it off to her, and she loved it - Phew, I could breathe again - I had redeemed myself!
That's me for this week folks. Have a fabulous week, and don't forget to drop by the Jewellery Show on Saturday/Sunday if you have a spare minute. I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello good people, thanks for coming back to Caprilicious for your weekly Friday read - I was so exhausted from the day job this week that I fell asleep in my armchair last night like a little old lady and had to write this in the morning, just before posting.
I apologise if there are more typos than usual, my proofreading is bound to be out of kilter while I put this post together in an effort to catch up with the rest of the day. It's a good thing that I've got something to look forward to this weekend and all of next week to chill out.
I would have loved to go away with hubby for a few days, but we decided that we didn't want to risk trying to find a safe haven to fly to, and then find out that we were actually in a hotbed of Covid and had to quarantine once we got back.
This post is going to be all about Cherry Blossom, of course, now that it is all finished and photographed. But first, I thought I'd put together all the pictures I took along the way into one little gallery, so that you can see how it began, before I show you the end product.
These photographs were all taken using my i-phone - I obviously need some lessons on how to use all the features of my phone, but haven't the time to get them. Once I'd made up the piece, I took some pictures that I am more satisfied with, using my dslr.
Of course it's great fun, painting with beads. However, the more tedious bits are when the necklace has to be finished - the stiff felt board I embroider onto isn't quite stiff enough, so it requires a cardboard back, in turn covered over with soft felt and the whole lot covered over with ultrasuede. The pretty little pink beads that edge the necklace hold the layers together using a brick stitch, and I put in the little rings that will carry a chain of some sort at this stage. The final stage is to decide how the back is made - and in this instance I used pink dyed jade beads and fresh green handmade blown glass to denote the leaves that will soon arrive on the cherry tree. A couple of the green beads are fiorato, or 'wedding cake' beads - I got them in a stash from an antique shop, although I am unsure of their provenance. You can read more about these pretty beads, with their “icing” of frills and flowers in this article.
That's me for this week, folks. I have a friend coming to stay with me at the weekend and we're bound to have a great time. I'll tell you all about it in my next post and as we plan to go out and about in Warwickshire, I'll have some pictures as well.
Have a lovely week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place. Until then,
Hello people, how are you this week? It is lovely to be with you again this Friday. I quite look forward to Thursday nights when Mike and I usually watch Question Time, and I bash away on my laptop to the tune of Mike's yells and jeers at Fiona Bruce's poor guests. The school holidays have meant that I've had no noisy accompaniment to my musings, but that's all set to change next week, once the kids go back to school, the overgrown kids go back to Parliament, and Fiona resumes her thankless task again.
I'm now at Day fourteen into the making of Cherry Blossom, and you've watched it evolve over the last couple of blog posts.
Cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, although it grows in temperate zones all around the world. It holds a great deal of meaning for the Japanese - it is thought to symbolise mortality, due to its extreme beauty and the transient nature of its existence, that resembles the ephemeral nature of life. It was used as a jingoistic symbol to inspire Japanese soldiers to be "ready like the myriad cherry blossoms to scatter" and reportedly, kamikaze pilots painted the blossom on the sides of their aircraft or carried a sprig of it with them when they went on their missions, never to return.
Hanami is the Japanese tradition of drinking sake' under blossoming cherry trees which has been around since the fourth century AD. The cherry blossom season in Japan moves northward with the movement of warmer weather through the land. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January, and reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. Flower viewing parties and Hanami move upward through the country, following the warm weather that causes the cherry trees to blossom.
Here are some pictures of my Cherry Blossom necklace as a ‘work in progress’. In it the Mucha inspired Art nouveau woman looks longingly at the cherry tree. I guess she's got to get some clothes on before she can go outdoors to a Hanami - she appears to be clutching a towel to her, having just got out of a scented bath. The cherry tree trunk is all gnarled and knobbly - I'm quite proud of that effect and there is dappled sunlight showing through the branches, graduating to a blue sky with fluffy clouds. There's a little grey path through a grassy knoll, and of course, the little cherry blossoms that graduate from a deep pink to a pearly white, as they drop to the ground. Of course, if this had been a painting or a tapestry, I'd have been able to give it a proper horizon and perspective, but as it is a much smaller piece, a lot of it is symbolic. The piece isn't as colourful as some of my jewellery, but I think it has a quiet serenity. I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.
Edged with little pink Czech glass beads from my expedition to Prague, and backed with green felt and covered over with pink ultrasuede, all I have to do next is to add some beads and a clasp to the back - there will be pictures for you next week. These pictures were all taken with my i-phone, and are unsatisfactory to my eyes, my apologies.
I find it strange that when I start out with a concept, it takes me ages to plan, assemble all the beads and threads I think I'll need and I'm almost hesitant to start it up. I sometimes loathe what I've made when it gets to its 'fugly' stage and have to put it away for a couple of days while I ponder how to attempt a rescue mission. And then, when it starts to come together, I can hardly bear to put it down. I don't want to go to bed, I sew feverishly until what I've envisioned comes to life. I don't know what I did before making jewellery took over my life, or what I'd do if I had to stop for some reason - for instance, if my muse upped and walked out on me! Oh well, it's best not to go too deep into such things, don't you think? One foot in front of the other, I plod on while I can.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same, place.
Hello folks, how are you. I'm glad you've come back to the blog today, just in time for me to tell you about an exciting new piece I've been making over the last week. We are coming to the end of summer, but my muse has taken me right back to spring and cherry blossom.
It all started with a small packet of tiny mother of pearl flower beads that so look like cherry blossom that dropped through my letterbox - they are so pretty that I couldn't risk them falling deep into my stash and never coming back out again. I had to put them into a necklace straight away, well before a disappearing act occurred.
To remind me of exactly what I was after, I had to look for images of cherry blossom - some are pictures I've taken myself, and the others are from Pinterest.
And then I was ready to roll - kinda!
Starting with a sheet of Lacey's Stiff Stuff and a Vintaj Art Nouveau brass lady from my stash, I dressed a necklace form I cut out, with a length of cream crushed velvet.
'Why cream?' I hear you think. 'Won't it get soiled easily? Why would anyone want to make a piece of dirty jewellery?'
Well, all I'd say to doubters is once the piece is encrusted with beads, there won't be space for even a single molecule of dust. The velvet is cream because I think the beads will show their true colour on a light background rather than a dark one - only time will tell if I am right.
I have yet to fill in all the white space with beads, and that should take me a few days. Cherry blossom grows on bare branches, so that spared me from having to devise a way of sewing leaves in. Each flower is a modified Peking knot which is an embroidery stitch, much like a French knot. I researched this for days, because I wanted to make five to seven beaded flowers without having to stitch each bead in separately. That would have been so tedious, given the number of flowers I needed to put in.
We went along to the Temperance Art Gallery and Cafe to see how their art exhibition was coming along, and to have dinner on one of their Italian nights. It was on a Wednesday, and they were participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The place has a lovely bohemian ambience - I took a few pictures for the blog. Woodland Fantasy was displayed prominently in their window!
That's me for this week, folks. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
When in doubt, make earrings, say I!
Hello folks, how are you today. I hope you haven't been affected by the torrential rain storms in the UK - or anywhere else, for that matter. I've enjoyed the warm weather, long may it continue.
I finished the Romance and Flowers necklace last week and although I know what I'm going to make next, I decided to take a break from necklace making. However, I can't seem to sit still any more and need a little project to keep me going when I get back from work of an evening. I collect earring components for when this happens and save them all in a little box, which comes out at times like this. My earring stock was depleted from an online showcase a few weeks ago so it seemed like the right thing to do.
The only problem with making earrings is that each one needs to be photographed and I take hundreds of pictures that all need editing and then I make up collages - that takes a load of time and energy and I'm quite exhausted by the process by the end. Still, I have some pretty things to show for my efforts, and that's the main thing. Here are some pictures, hot off the press.
These are pretty similar apart from the stick Biwa pearls in the first pair. The lamp work glass beads are hollow and light and very pretty - I love those colours.
I love stick pearls, and with diamante roses and little dots, the effect is pleasing. These are long earrings that will graze the collarbone, and are very showy.
Clusters of little garnets above a baroque pearl with a simple and sophisticated gunmetal stud finding.
And finally, my favourite elements - jewellery beetle wings. I made two pairs of earrings with them, as well as a third pair for an old friend in India who commissioned them when I was there last. I have no idea when they will get to her, but I made them up for when that time arrives.
And that's my little collection of earrings for August 2020. I have a little germ of an idea about what I'm making next, but perhaps a little break is in order before I start another piece. I have all the beads and elements I need all put together, and one of these days will start on it.
In the meantime, that's me for this week folks, have a lovely week, stay safe and I'll catch you next Friday, same time,same place.
Hello people, hope you are all hale and hearty, thank you for coming back to visit the Caprilicious Blog. We are due to have a mini heatwave over the next few days here in the UK and although that doesn't make up for the lack of a holiday, it helps a bit to be able to sit outdoors in the sun, it's not quite as depressing as being forced to stay indoors, sheltering from the pouring rain.
Last week I showed you where I was, with the process of making a necklace inspired by the tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens. These gardens are open for about six weeks each year and the tulips are a sight to behold. My trip to Amsterdam circa 1989 was on a Cosmos tour bus for the princely sum of £99 per head, and we toured through Belgium and the Netherlands, stopping in tiny hotels on the outskirts of the cities we went to in the morning. The Keukenhof was so breathtaking that it is almost all I remember of that distant holiday.
Every year the Keukenhof has a theme and one of them was called Romance in Flowers. The historic spring park was designed in the middle of the Romantic era (1857) as an ornamental garden for Castle Keukenhof. 50,000 bulbs in two layers have been planted to create the romantic flower mosaic. I thought I'd paraphrase the theme title for my creation.
I ended last week by backing the piece with Ultrasuede and edging the circumference, having attached a length of wire to the bottom of the neck piece that was forged into circles to attach what I shall call 'tulips'. The 'tulips' are dyed jade teardrop shaped beads with their pointy end downwards. I wanted to give the impression of colour and vibrancy, resembling a border full of tulips and in the end was quite pleased with my efforts. Here are some photographs of the finished piece.
I think it's pretty nice for a necklace that began with a blank necklace template and a moonstone from Jaipur that had no place to go and no concrete plans of how to get there.
Moonstone is intensely romantic and I wanted the necklace around it to be redolent of perfumed flowers, colour, flowing streams of water and floaty dresses.
That's me for this week, folks. I hope you enjoyed the read and come back for more. Have a great week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place,
Hello folks, I hope you're enjoying the weather this weekend. I don't want to rain on anyone's chips, but if a couple of minutes in the sunshine are very possibly the best we're going to get to smile about this year, we'd best enjoy it before it's all gone. I've been rooting through old albums from holidays long past - nostalgia for what was, and what might never be again.
This is going to be a quick post as the garden beckons - the sun is shining and i'm off to sit under a parasol and sip a Becks Blue shandy with hubby and Wilfred. The bees are buzzing around and I caught an opportunistic picture of one rampaging through the sweet peas with pollen smeared all over it's bottom.
Last week I was playing with a moonstone from my Jaipur stash and had just finished attaching it to a necklace blank with a beaded bezel - I had no real idea where I was going with it until I saw this picture of the Keukenhof gardens, just outside Amsterdam that I visited many years ago - possibly in 1984! It was my first trip into Europe on a tour bus and the Keukenhof gardens were impossibly beautiful. I'd love to go there again, but it is just open to the public for about eight weeks in the Tulip season between the end of March and mid May. It's still a bit chilly at that time and although I plan to go back, every time we think about booking a pre summer holiday, it seems too much of a chore to pack all our winter gear and stout walking shoes/wellies (there are 32 hectares of garden so even a short walk is very long) to go on holiday when we can be as warm as a piece of pie, right here at home.
I decided that I would sew colour blocks of 'flowers' around the central moonstone which would represent the body of water in the picture above. There are plenty of water features in the Keukenhof with lakes and ponds and canals galore and although the gardens are shut at night, I imagined what they must look like on a moonlit night. Here's the necklace right up to where I stopped last night.
That's all I have for you this week, good people. Have a lovely weekend, wear your masks when you meet people, and stay safe. It isn't over yet, not by a long chalk.
See you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello folks, thanks for dropping by, it's always a pleasure to be with you. After I finished Woodland Fantasy I felt as if I would never have another idea again in my life, and that I had poured all my creativity, every last ounce of it, into that beauty. I know better than to push it, though and I played it cool, whiling away the hiatus by making little earrings until something came to me - and I'm happy to report that this week, I've had a germ of an idea. I opened the box of stuff I bought in Jaipur a couple of years ago and a moonstone seemed to jump out at me. 'Use me, use me,' it cried. How could I be rude and leave that sliver of moonglow behind?
I covered a piece of Lacy's Stiff Stuff with dark velvet and attached the cabochon to it with a silvery beaded bezel, and that's as far as I got this week. I've got the vaguest of ideas about how I will proceed, but Paisley figures high on the list. I'm still enthralled by Japanese Beading, and I guess I shall be using those techniques as well. Other than that, I haven't a clue what's going to happen and that's half the fun of it, watching a piece evolve as if by magic.
I was asked last week after I made a bug in response to Nicole Hanna's Finish It Challenge what her piece looked like - well, I feel quite embarrassed to show you Nicole's piece, but Hey! She's a master at the art and I spent two evenings on a highly masochistic exercise just to get the tutorial, so I will show it to you. Feel free to have a good laugh!
I saw this ad and decided to investigate as Adrian Hall, the chap who curates the exhibits was asking for local artists to display their pieces at the Temperance Cafe. I sent in a picture of Woodland Fantasy and was gratified when he accepted it almost immediately. I dropped it off in Leamington Spa today after work and it goes on show with the other exhibits tomorrow.
I'm always on the lookout for ways to showcase Caprilicious and this works well for me. The Cafe opens tomorrow with this exhibition and a number of artists were dropping their pieces off as well. There is going to be a friends and family showing on Sunday from 3pm and if I'm not doing anything else, I might go to it.
The Temperance Cafe is a community cafe, art gallery and event space in the heart of the old town of Leamington Spa. It was built in the early nineteenth century and has been restored into a cosy place where they serve food from local suppliers during the day and have jazz evenings, show films and live performances from the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet. They have regular poetry, story-telling, theatre and comedy nights. At least twice a week, they have live music from local and visiting musicians. All this in such a tiny space. Oh, I mustn't forget the art gallery and vintage items they sell. Altogether a little gem of a place, and the reviews on Trip Advisor are excellent. The cafe is not too far away from the centre of town and Mike found it last year when I was showing at the Museum and Art Gallery.
While I waited for inspiration to strike like a thunderbolt my fingers couldn't sit still. I wove a little strip using seed beads and attached freshwater pearls to it. Hung from a leather cord with pearls knotted into it, this one isn't going to excite your grandmothers, but it sure is different. Pearls and leather aren't meant to go together, but somehow they do in a very edgy manner. Very biker chic, and lots of fun. It's only a little square pendant, about and inch and a half wide, but it packs a visual punch.
My garden is looking pretty, and all the flowers have come out to smile at us having benefited from the time spent on them during the pandemic. At least someone's happy! Fortunately the weather hasn't been half bad so we've been able to enjoy the fruits of our labours.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Hello people, how are you? I don't know how and when this is all going to end, but it's doing my head in. It's no fun going in to work any more and the whole mask wearing, social distancing, non friend seeing, non travelling to different places kinda life is beginning to annoy the hell out of me! There, rant over, and I'm sure you're all feeling the same, so who am I to complain? It's not like it's only me affected by all the craziness going on in the world. At least I'm able to go out and about, there are people who can't/don't and I'm sure it is much harder for them than it is for the likes of me.
Here's a song that has invaded my head since I heard it on the radio - just sharing my ear worm, I'm that kind of a person. Share and share alike, I say.
The garden has been my solace and my plants are returning the love and attention they have received by flowering for me most obligingly. When I moved into my first house, it was a new build, with no garden at all apart from what I put in it. I had no clue, and soon grew plants that refused to flower because they had too little sunlight, or fried to a crisp from too much sun. In despair I went on a RHS course and finally understood what I was doing wrong and put in a load of plants in places where they would flower - just as it was looking nice, we moved!
As this one was an older property, I was hoping that the owners would have put some plants in but no, what they had was brick paving all around the house so that all their children could park their cars - it looked like the front of Crossroads Motel! We dug out some of the paving, filled the area in with compost and planted away to our heart's content - but that wasn't enough, so we brought in the pots - we ended up with over 150 pots all around the house and the garden now is mainly in containers.
In summer, my jewellery becomes more and more floral and that's obviously the influence of my surroundings. This week, I put together some earrings with dried rose buds dipped in resin that preserves them for posterity. I call them my Potpourri earrings.
What you cannot tell from these photographs is the beautiful sheen the resin adds to the dried roses. The gold tone studs are my favourites, as they sit close to the ear and are large - just over the size of a 50p piece and extremely stylish.
S&M and FOMO
Nicole Hanna posts a 'Finish It' Challenge on her Blog twice a year. She posts the first few steps of a tutorial for a piece of wire woven jewellery and gets the people who attempt the challenge to finish the piece with the specified materials - no variations allowed. The finished articles are all in an album on Pinterest for viewers to vote - I never bother with the voting as everyone's a winner in my opinion, as she sends all the entrants the finished tutorial, and that's what I want. Some extremely talented masochists attempt the challenge and the designs are fantastical, sometimes even Nicole is stunned. If you want to look at the entries click here.
The contest ended at midnight last night, and I only began to weave my piece the night before - this one was hard, folks - I must've been mad to keep going. She started out with six wires, and that was fine, and then suddenly, wham! the sadistic woman hit us with four more. Weaving with ten base wires is not my idea of fun, but I'd started, so I'd continue, besides, I couldn't miss out on that tutorial now, could I?? The picture shows where she ended her instructions - and that is where I should have called it as a bad job. After all, I don't want to weave anything ever again with ten base wires - do I? Humph!!
'Now what?' I asked out loud, as I scratched my head with the half finished wire thing I had just created. 'I dunno,' said the muse, 'geroff, go to bed, and don't bother me anymore.'
So the next evening, I picked it up again, with that heartsink feeling (but I wanted the tutorial!) and kept on going until I had something that resembled a finished piece, ending with a pain deep in my right hand from holding those wires steady, that still hasn't gone away. No wonder my piece is terrible! It came out looking like a bug - my garden has certainly invaded my head. I quickly took a picture with my phone and sent it in just in time, and will be rewarded (punished) for my efforts shortly with the tutorial which will be an instrument of torture for many years to come.
There are some very pretty designs on that page, although there are a couple of critters - a spider and an octopus as well as my bug. I'm sure those people had the same idea as me! All they wanted was the tutorial. There is a frog and a peacock, and there is a beautiful bulls head with horns and all - I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to turn this tutorial into that piece, but it sure took her longer than the two evenings I gave myself through procrastination.
I spent all Sunday on Facebook, showcasing earrings on The Earrings Show and sold quite a few pieces. The earrings went down a storm and I got some fabulous feedback. I posted out on Monday and a bunch of them got to Massachusetts in two days time - the couriers aren't busy, obviously. I love great feedback, it strokes the ego and stokes the Caprilicious fires - I feel like making more jewellery. The pandemic has been depressing as there has been a distinct lack of love - but who has the money? and if they did, where is there to wear new jewellery? It is now that there is a hope of the lockdown ending, and people are fed up of moping around the house in T shirts and jogger bottoms that they need some prettiness in their lives. Here's a shot of the feedback I received - heart warming stuff!
Anyways, that's me for this week, folks. My annual barbeque for my junior doctors stands cancelled this time round, as does the mini school reunion we have at this time every year. Ah, well, I'm sure we will do it next year, should we all survive.
Have a fabulous week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.